through His Word
God hears. God acts. God saves.
Our God restores.
When trials, loss, sin, or unfulfilled promises steal our strength and joy, we need restoration. God can help us. When we look to Him, He supplies us with His grace and renews our outlook on life. His joy and peace once again fill our souls.
The excerpts below from my new Bible study, Faith, Courage, and Victory, show some of the many ways that God helps us and restores us.
Abraham is the father of our faith, and he still needed God to restore his hope in the promises God had given him. His faith grew to believe that nothing was impossible for God, not even bringing life out of death (Hebrews 11:17-19). God can still do that today.
“Whether it’s the death of a dream, a relationship, emotional wholeness, or spiritual soundness, God can heal, restore, and set right. He gives new dreams, restores relationships when both parties are willing, resurrects joy and strength, and heals the most broken heart. God can bring good from a difficult situation, good that is greater than the pain we feel—a miracle in itself. Nothing is too hard for Him. Jesus said in Mark 10:27, ‘With God all things are possible.’ God can bring life out of death.”
-- Faith, Courage, and Victory, Day 3, Page 23
Peter is an excellent example that when our faith has faltered, God can restore us.
“When Peter’s courage lost its momentum and his heart temporarily lost its zeal, he felt the pain of his denial. He ‘went out and wept bitterly’ (Luke 22:62). Do you think he remembered Jesus’ words that he would be restored? Many trials and dangers threaten to diminish our faith and snuff out our courage—the threat of a job loss, a health scare, persecution, intense temptation, past regrets, and daily struggles. But Jesus knows what we suffer, and He lives to make intercession for us (Heb 7:25). He makes His strength available to us, and if we stumble, He is ready to pick us up.
-- Faith, Courage, and Victory, Day 13, Pages 77-78
Sometimes we need God to renew our willingness to wait for His timing in answering our prayers. One of the ways that He does that, is to bless us while we wait.
“A dependence on God to meet our needs—whatever they may be—keeps us on God’s course for our lives. Yet when our trust in God falters, He is faithful to help us get back on track. In the times when we have to wait to see God’s promises fulfilled, we have the chance to grow in our faith and in our knowledge of who God is. Then waiting becomes an adventure instead of a hassle. God gives us grace to wait for His blessings to come, and He gives us good things to do while we wait. As we trust God to provide for us, we get to share life’s adventure with Him and see Him bring about His promises and dreams for us in just the right way in just the right timing. So trust Him. The waiting period may not be easy, but God’s timing and method are worth waiting for.”
-- Faith, Courage, and Victory, Day 2, Page 17
Whatever kind of restoration or grace your heart needs, seek God’s help. Stay close to Him, and let the promises and principles of His Word fill you with hope. Take heart from the stories of people of the Bible, who depended on God for strength, renewal, direction, and healing. God hears our prayers, knows our needs, and acts to help us. May your faith in Him and courage to do His will grow each day. God restores, and He can do it for you.
© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman
What are the keys to walking in faith, courage, and victory? What does it look like in real life when God’s people use these keys?
Faith, Courage, and Victory gives application for everyday life from the stories of 24 people of the Bible. This Bible study is a 40-day devotional, and includes a Leader Guide for a nine-week group study.
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